Scoonie marks the start of a new end

Scoone BC president Alison Hart throws first jack of the club's final season.
Scoone BC president Alison Hart throws first jack of the club's final season.

AN abundance of ‘green energy’ at Scoonie Bowling Club has marked the end of the club with a new beginning.

Community transport group MyBus intends to resume bowling at the famous Leven club on the first day of April – barely six months after it looked as if the last shot had been played.

The facility at Scoonie Crescent closed at the end of the 2011 outdoor season, after 90 years of sporting tradition and cameraderie.

Members, many of whom were aged over 70, felt taking on the running of the club would financially be too heavy a burden, after an approach to do so by Fife Council.

However, within days of the closure, a consultation was mounted by MyBus and APW Associates CIC, of Kirkcaldy, asking what people in Leven would like the bowling green and clubhouse to be used for.

The vast majority of respondents wanted bowling retained at the green, and talks continued with Fife Council.

MyBus chief executive officer Mary Parry was delighted this week to confirm that bowling was coming back – and April 1 was the target opening date.

Work would be carried out to upgrade the kitchen and make the toilets more acessible, said Ms Parry, and MyBus would be forming a development trust to help with the club’s management.

A clean-up of the surrounding paths has already started, while MyBus is also teaming up with Elmwood College to offer greenkeeping training.

“It’s going to be a community bowling club but there will be members too,” said Ms Parry. “We hope to form a committee with the community, MyBus and the members.”

The mix of paid staff and volunteers had planned to run the club as a financially independent social enterprise, while raising funds and seeking grant assistance.

The green is likely to be open to the public on a membership or pay-as-you-play basis.

Ms Parry said a number of bowling devotees amongMyBus’ lunch club members, who could no longer play, would be able to come along and enjoy the games.

“I think it could be great inter-generational thing,” she added.